Flat-topped clusters of white flowers, 4" across, bloom in spring. The flowers are a good source of nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. Flowers give way to blue-black, berries, which are loved by birds and other wildlife. This upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub has glossy, dark green leaves. The leaves turn yellow, orange or red in fall. 'Blue Blaze' is a compact arrowwood growing half the size of the species with fruit that tends to stay on longer in the season.
Fragrant flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators
Larval food source for spring azure butterfly
Plants provide good nesting sites, berries, and cover for birds
Excellent fall color
Grows well in moist soil
Swamps and thickets, upland and floodplain forests; Maine to Illinois south to Texas and Florida.
Native Americans used the straight stems of this shrub for arrow shafts, hence the common name.
Easy to grow in full sun or part shade. Plant in average to medium wet, well-drained soil. Very winter hardy, vigorous and reliable. If shaping is needed, prune immediately after flowering since flower buds form in summer for the following year.